Every year in Tennessee, 600 people use a gun to take their own life. Many of them are children. In most cases, a child who uses a gun to commit suicide uses a gun in their home that is not stored responsibly. Not only does safe storage reduce the number of unintentional shootings of children, it also reduces the number of children who will use a gun to kill themselves. In both youth and adults firearm suicides are unique in both their impulsivity and their lethality. Pulling a trigger take very little planning and there is no time to reconsider the decision.
Below are a series of academic research studies and publications related to young people, firearms, and suicides.
Youth Suicide and Access to Guns
Journal of the American Medical Association – Pediatrics
Psychiatric Comorbidity, Suicidality, and In-Home Firearm Access Among a Nationally Representative Sample of Adolescents
Journal of the American Medical Association – Psychiatry
Firearm Access Documentation in High Risk Clinical Situations: Missed Opportunities
Journal of Adolescent Health
Association Between Youth-focused Firearm Laws and Youth Suicides
American Medical Association Journal